'World-class' Manchester United target urged to leave current club by former coach

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'World-class' Manchester United target urged to leave current club by former coach

Former Colombia coach Hernan Dario Gomez has urged playmaker James Rodriguez to seek a new club after falling out of favour at Real Madrid.

James Rodriguez has long been a player linked with a move to Manchester United.

Before making a reported €80million move to Real Madrid in 2014, the playmaker was strongly linked with an Old Trafford switch.

The club are said to have continued monitoring Rodriguez since his brilliant performances in the 2014 World Cup drew Madrid's attention.

This goal against Uruguay in the round of 16, which earned the man known as James the Puskas award ahead of Ireland's Stephanie Roche, was his most memorable moment of an excellent tournament:

Despite a debut season which reaped 17 goals, Rodriguez became a bit-part player during the 2015/16 campaign.

Scoring seven La Liga goals while providing eight assists in 26 overall appearances, the attacker managed just a single Champions League strike.

An unused substitute in the Galacticos' penalty-shootout victory in the final of the European competition, James' lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane has prompted one of his coaches with the national team to suggest a transfer would be in his best interests.

"My advice to James would be that it's better for him to play for another team because the man has shown that he doesn't want him," Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez, Colombian native and former national team manager, said to WIN Sports, referring to Zidane's apparent disregard for Colombia's top star.

"He's a world-class player and he should go to another team.

"It's a very personal concept, he's our idol and we want to see him play, but because this man doesn't play him, I don't like it."

Rumours suggest that Jose Mourinho would be interested in bringing the No.10 to Old Trafford, with current contenders for that position including the likes of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera - players that reportedly could face being axed from the club under Mourinho's rule.

James scored a first-half penalty as Colombia beat the USA 2-0 in their opening Copa America group game on Friday.